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Lionwalker

What's the name of that book? - Lost and Found for novels
« on: May 18, 2012, 02:57:58 PM »
I just posted a thread on a book it took me ages to remember the title and author of.

It gave me the idea of having a thread where we can ask each other the names of books we have read and perhaps forgotten. Post descriptions of the book and hopefully someone will be able to help you out.
Kind of like a wanted poster or lost dog poster :)

I have one book I remember reading years and years ago, I think I took it out of my local library:

DESCRIPTION: I think the title had something to do with 'the last scion' or something, I've googled it but no luck. It was about a boy who lives on an island and it is ruled by some sort of oppressive regime (I think), but anyway every twenty years someone is chosen to attempt to overthrow the ruler, but always fails, and it has become some sort of joke or there is an expectation of failure. Anyway, he ends up succeeding (I remember he had to climb up the inside of a mountain or cliff or something). It is part of a trilogy or quartet. The later books get quite weird and I think one of them is mostly spent on a makeshift raft floating about the ocean.


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missoularedhead

Re: What's the name of that book? - Lost and Found for novels
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2012, 02:20:11 AM »
There are elements of this that sound a lot like the Earthsea trilogy, but not enough for me to say I'm certain.
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Ken

Re: What's the name of that book? - Lost and Found for novels
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2012, 05:17:12 AM »
This is a great idea. I got one that's been bugging me for a while too.

I borrowed this book from the library in the late nineties and I remember the book looked quite new. So I guess it must have been published in the mid to late nineties. I don't remember much of it except this was the first book in a series.

Description:
This is a fantasy book targeted to younger readers, probably a YA by modern standard. Story is about a girl's journey to do something and she has a talking crow with her. I think she has to gather some stones of power along the way.

Lionwalker

Re: What's the name of that book? - Lost and Found for novels
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2012, 07:59:23 AM »
Hey guys,
Thanks for posting on this thread. Let's hope some more people pop by so we can find those books  :)
@missoularedhead Thanks for the suggestion, but I'm almost 100% sure it's not Earthsea, I remember that clearly and although there are some similarities, I'm pretty sure it has the word 'scion' in in it :)

@ken The crow part rings quite a bell, I shall have to have a think about it. Do you remember a sister, a railway, or a lighthouse? Those images just kind of associated for me....might not be anything though!
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Bahl

Re: What's the name of that book? - Lost and Found for novels
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2012, 10:23:40 AM »
This is going to be an awesomely random thread.
Give a man a fire and he's warm for the day. But set fire to him and he's warm for the rest of his life.
Terry Pratchett

Nestat

Re: What's the name of that book? - Lost and Found for novels
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2012, 10:28:09 AM »
Description:
This is a fantasy book targeted to younger readers, probably a YA by modern standard. Story is about a girl's journey to do something and she has a talking crow with her. I think she has to gather some stones of power along the way.

There was one called Gublak's Greed. In that, the girl is a runaway princess who has a stone of power. Some children from our world have to go and rescue her because a goblin wants the stone for himself. The crow "helping" the princess is a spy for the goblin.
« Last Edit: May 23, 2012, 10:30:08 AM by Nestat »
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Autumn2May

Re: What's the name of that book? - Lost and Found for novels
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2012, 12:46:33 PM »
Brilliant idea guys! Stickied. ;D

missoularedhead

Re: What's the name of that book? - Lost and Found for novels
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2012, 04:22:22 PM »
Okay, I've got one...I guess it would be termed an 'urban fantasy', but it's about a guy who dies, and then comes back to life with Christ-like powers (Messiah might be in the title...but it's NOT Stephen King's Dead Zone, I know that). he's young, and kind of a loser, and people start making demands on him to heal them, etc. I used to think it was by Preston Child or Lincoln Douglas...but it's not. All I can remember is that in the opener, he's sitting on the fire escape and lightning strikes, nearly killing him (or killing him, not clear on that point).

And in the end, he kills himself, or something, because it's just too much.

Sorry, totally random, but.
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Elfy

Re: What's the name of that book? - Lost and Found for novels
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2012, 12:35:05 AM »
Terry Brooks Shannara series had at least one Scion in the title (haven't read it, I gave up on Shannara after Wishsong), but the storyline doesn't sound Brooksish.
I will expand your TBR pile.

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AlexFF

Re: What's the name of that book? - Lost and Found for novels
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2012, 04:57:27 AM »
When I am at a loss for a book title but I more or less know the year, I always go to http://www.scifan.com/ which has a HUGE database of books.

For example a few months ago I was trying to remember the Tredana trilogy by Joyce Ballou Gregorian. I remembered what the covers looked like and that the author had a triple name. With a little patience I found it.
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AnneLyle

Re: What's the name of that book? - Lost and Found for novels
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2012, 05:20:09 AM »
Aw, that takes away the fun! :)

Good to see you've found your way here, Alex (assuming you're the Alex I know well from FM. And if not, welcome anyway!).
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AlexFF

Re: What's the name of that book? - Lost and Found for novels
« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2012, 08:10:30 AM »
It's an icredibly addictive site, so using foggy memories first might be the safer option, because it's far too easy to lose hours surfing around it.

And yes, I'm you FM Alex, which reminds me. I must update my profile.
Alex F. Fayle
Editor, SpeckLit
A world of wonder in 100 words

AnneLyle

Re: What's the name of that book? - Lost and Found for novels
« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2012, 11:09:41 AM »
The initials were a bit of a giveaway :)

/derail
Elizabethan fantasy trilogy The Alchemist of SoulsThe Merchant of Dreams and The Prince of Lies out now from Angry Robot Books!

Lionwalker

Re: What's the name of that book? - Lost and Found for novels
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2012, 09:45:04 AM »
Aw, that takes away the fun! :)

Good to see you've found your way here, Alex (assuming you're the Alex I know well from FM. And if not, welcome anyway!).

Seconded :)

BTW, what's the full name of this forum 'FM'? Sometimes I'm incredibly slow when it comes to working out acronyms :)
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AlexFF

Re: What's the name of that book? - Lost and Found for novels
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2012, 11:12:44 AM »
It's Forward Motion Writers, which is a site specifically for writers.
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Editor, SpeckLit
A world of wonder in 100 words

 

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